Creativity: It’s a Nurture Issue
by Chase Young
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Creativity is not a biological gift; it is earned through practice and application. It is important for teachers to foster creativity in the minds of young learners (Laureate Education, 1996). 

This language arts lesson is an integration of the social studies topic U.S. Celebrations. First, students should brainstorm as many holidays as possible. Show the students the calendar pieces that represent the holidays. Talk about why the pictures might have been chosen to represent each holiday. 

Next, tell the students they are to create a new holiday with a partner. Give the students about 15 minutes to name their new holiday and draw a picture to symbolize it with a blank piece of paper and markers. After the 15 minutes, allow students to share their holidays and their thinking when creating them.

The short activity described above has given the students a boundary of time to eliminate any editorial delay, and was opened ended to foster optimum creativity. There were very few materials, the activity also promoted social fluency, and ended with an audience for metacognition (Costa & Kallick, 2000). 

References

Costa, A. L., & Kallick, B. (Eds.). (2000). Activating & engaging habits of mind. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (1996). Helping students become self-directed learners. [Video recording]. Los Angeles: Author.

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